Binge Watch: Rachel McAdams 2000s

This weekend Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret is released. The film, based on the Judy Blume book, should have wide appeal. It’s also got a stellar cast. Among the adults in supporting roles is Rachel McAdams, as Margaret’s mother. While she’s playing the mother here, McAdams began her career in the first decade of the 2000s with a number of roles in teen films and romances. If you want to catch more of McAdams, this week’s Binge is for you!

The Hot Chick (2002)
This was the first time I saw McAdams, in a body swap comedy starring Rob Schneider and Anna Faris. McAdams is the one to swap bodies with Schneider, so she doesn’t have a ton of screen time. Still, she has some fun sequences and made an impression.

Mean Girls (2004)
This is probably the film that first put her on the map for most. The Tina Fey film, based on the book from Rosalind Wiseman, is a starring vehicle for Lindsay Lohan. But McAdams plays a crucial role as queen of the mean girls.

The Notebook (2004)
It seems 2004 was a big year for McAdams, who starred in this film, another novel adaptation. This time it’s a Nicholas Sparks story, and it paired McAdams with Ryan Gosling in an epic love story. This is one of the better Sparks adaptations, and McAdams and Gosling are great in the film.

Wedding Crashers (2005)
Another comedy, this one a romantic comedy with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. McAdams is the love interest for Wilson here, and this is a fun film. I enjoy the story and the performances. This was another big movie and a big hit for McAdams.

The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009)
This is another romance, and another film based on a book. The film finds McAdams as the titular wife to Eric Bana’s time traveler. It’s got something of a following, but I don’t love the story here. Still, the film was enough of a hit to spawn an HBO series re-make.

Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.


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